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open sesame

1. A phrase commonly (and thus sometimes humorously) used as a password, especially to gain entrance to something. In The Arabian Nights, "open sesame" is a magical phrase used to open a robbers' den. A: "What's the password?" B: "Um… open sesame?" If those kids are still blocking the door, tell them the password is "open sesame."
2. By extension, something that helps one to achieve a goal or access an opportunity. In this usage, the phrase is preceded by an article (for instance, "an open sesame"). Good grades in high school will be an open sesame to any college you choose.
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open sesame

a marvellous or irresistible means of achieving access to what would normally be inaccessible.
In the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves in the Arabian Nights, the door of the robbers' cave was made to open by uttering this magic formula.
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open ˈsesame

(humorous) an easy way to gain or achieve something that is usually very difficult to get: Academic success is not always an open sesame to a well-paid job.The bank had just closed but I banged on the door and — open sesame — they let me in!This expression comes from the story Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. The words open sesame opened the door of the thieves’ cave where they kept their treasure.
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ODYSSEY Theatre is busily preparing for its forthcoming Christmas show, Open Sesame.
It is fantastic to have just started work on our next production, Open Sesame, knowing that our immediate future has been secured by such a supportive and socially aware sponsor,'' said Gaynor Lougher, Odyssey's artistic director.
The official cited the assosciation's pioneering production of the children's program Open Sesame, commonly known Eftah Yasemsem in Arabic, saying that it displayed in Arabic language in its finest and lasted for more than ten years.
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In 1979 he played the popular character of Uncle Abdullah in the Arabic version of the much-applauded children's series known as Open Sesame.
uk OPEN SESAME BIRMINGHAM Museum & Art Gallery is opening its vast Museums Collection Centre at 25 Dollman Street on May 3 - see thousands of things which are not usually on display.